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December 2012

» The Communication Elves, Krystal Bresnahan and Tasha Rennels, headed up the Department's seventh annual effort to help a local family in the Tampa area during the holiday season. This year, the project was coordinated with A Brighter Community, Inc., a non-profit, United Way supported, nationally accredited preschool and family support program that serves economically and environmentally at risk children, ages 3-5 years. We provided assistance to a single mom with two young children. This project began in 2006 through the work of then PhD students Liz Edgecomb (PhD 2010, currently assistant professor at Xavier University of Louisiana) and Jillian Tullis (PhD 2009, currently assistant professor at University of North Carolina Charlotte).

November 2012

» Art Bochner, Distinguished University Professor of Communication, has been named Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association. The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication.

» It was standing room only for three performances of Improv@USF's THE Showcase. The first ever semester show was a great success and will only become a bigger event as the group continues to grow in membership. "We've already had 6 new members since Sunday," said Nicholas Riggs, a Communication doctoral student and faculty advisor to the group.

Improv Performances

Improv@USF will perform on campus again for the student body during Bulls Nite Out early next semester.  Due to the growing number of members, the group is going to meet four days a week in the Spring semester.  Monday and Friday afternoon meetings will continue to occur in CIS 3020 from 3-5pm.  The other meeting times and places are TBA. All who are willing to play are welcome!

Check out Improv@USF's Facebook page and YouTube channel for pictures, videos, and conversations from meetings and THE Showcase!

»The Department held a retirement potluck luncheon for outgoing professor and department Chair Ken Cissna on Thursday, December 6th.  Cissna came to USF in 1979 and became Chair in 2006. 

Cissna shown with incoming Chair, Carolyn Ellis

» Chris McRae received a $2600 grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research to allow the undergraduate students in his Communication as Performance Lab class participate in the 2013 Patti Pace Performance Festival at Georgia Southern University in February, 2013. The students will devise and script original materials for a staged performance that works to understand, question, and rethink the social, cultural, and aesthetic implications and possibilities of the fairytale genre. They will also be presenting this performance at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium at USF on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

» USF’s Department of Communication was very productive at the recent National Communication Association convention in Orlando.  Interestingly, this year the students beat the faculty in NCA presentations:  19 graduate students gave 28 papers or presentations besting the 16 faculty who gave only 25 papers or presentations.  The faculty, however, served as chair or respondent for another 10 sessions while the students chaired only 5 sessions. 

Art Ramirez won the “most-times-in-the-program-index” award for the faculty, with five entries; Jacob Jenkins led the graduate students, with four entries, all, however, for solo-authored papers, something none of the faculty matched. 

Some of the highlights on the academic side of the conference included: 

  • Art Bochner, Distinguished University Professor of Communication, was named a Distinguished Scholar of NCA. The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication, and the new Distinguished Scholars are elected by previously named Distinguished Scholars.

Bochner pictured with fellow recipient Bob Craig of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Navita Cummings James participated in the opening general session as one of three scholar-educators selected by the NCA Vice President Steve Beebe to respond to the question “What concepts and ideas unite the communication discipline?” The other two presenters to enjoy this honor were Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and Kory Floyd of Arizona State University.  Pictured, left to right, James, Beebe, Floyd, and Jamieson. 
  • Mariaelena Bartesaghi was honored in NCA’s Teachers on Teaching Series. She participated in a panel with four other honorees (pictured) to discuss the lessons she’s learned about effective classroom instruction.
  • Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner were again selected to serve as two of the seventy distinguished scholars chosen by the President to hold Scholars' Office Hours.  This makes three years running for both of them. 
  • J. Jacob Jenkins received the 2012 Stanley L. Saxton Applied Research Award from the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research.  The Stanley L. Saxton award recognizes papers that focus on how theory, research, and practice contribute to addressing real, pragmatic, social problems.  Jenkins won the award for his paper “A 'Community' of Discipline: The Paradox of Metaphor within Intercultural Organizations"
  • Abe Khan and Nick Riggs served as co-chairs for one of NCA’s day-long Research Seminars.  Their seminar focused on Citizenship, New Media, and the Public Sphere.
  • Carolyn Ellis delivered the George Herbert Mead Lecture, “‘Death Was Not the Problem’: Narrating and Analyzing Stories of Survival in the Warsaw Ghetto,” which is cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

In addition, USF held yet another successful Recruiting Reception for faculty, students, alumni, friends, and applicants and potential applicants for faculty positions and for admission to the graduate program. 

» Another student successfully defended her doctoral dissertation.  Sarah McGhee defended Masculinity, Sexuality, and Soccer: An Exploration of Three Grassroots Sports-for-Social-Change Organizations in South Africa.  Her major professor was Ken Cissna, with Fred Steier, Eric Eisenberg, Elizabeth Bell, and Nancy Romero-Daza (Anthropology) serving as committee members.  Cheryl Rodriguez (Africana Studies) chaired the defense. 

» Chris McRae’s Performance Lab class presents Freedomland, a compelling performance that they devised in which they consider and display questions of freedom, discrimination, and capitalism. The show runs approximately 30 minutes.  It debuts on Tuesday, November 6 at and plays again on Thursday, November 8, both at 4:00pm in CIS 3020.  The event is free and open to the public. 

» Ebony A. Utley will lecture on “The Gangsta’s God” Tuesday, November 13th 12:30 – 1:45 in CIS 3020.  Dr. Utley studies popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. Her book, Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God (Praeger, 2012) examines the juxtaposition—and seeming hypocrisy—of references to God within rap music. Her writing has appeared in such journals as Critical Studies in Media Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Women and Language. She is an associate professor of communication studies at California State University, Long Beach. The lecture is free and open to the public

» Rachel Silverman (PhD 2010) has been a publishing inferno the last year.  She has articles published in Health Communication (with current doctoral student Meagan Araujo), GeoJournal (with Mary Gould, BA 2000, MA 2002), and Sexuality and Culture, all in 2012, as well as two chapters that are expected to appear in 2013.  She also had the lead piece of “Practical Advice from Communication Experts: Communication Resolutions for 2012” published by NCA’s Communication Currents.  Silverman is an Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Humanities and Social Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

October 2012

» Steve Schoen is the latest to defend a dissertation.  It is titled The Rhetoric of Evidence in Recent Documentary Film and VideoDavid Payne and Jane Jorgenson served as co-major professors. 

» The Department was well represented at the recent Florida Communication Association convention in Orlando. Faculty member Mariaelena Bartesaghi received FCA's Teacher of the Year Award.  And a number of graduate students also received significant awards:   Patrick Dillon received the Graduate Student Scholarship Award; Blake Paxton and Patrick Dillon received Top Graduate Student Paper; and Jacob Jenkins received a Certificate of Merit for his GIFTS presentation.  In all, ten graduate students presented research papers or were part of research panels. 

Pictured (above) from left to right at the president's evening reception are Blake Paxton, Jacob Jenkins, Allison Weidhaas, Patrick Dillon, and Megan Wood.

» Two students successfully defended their doctoral dissertations recently:  Ardis Hanson defended Unlocking the Black Box of Policymaking: A Discursive View of the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse—her major professor was Mariaelena Bartesaghi, and Jacob Jenkins defended Community as Metaphor: Dialectical Tensions of a Racially Diverse Organizationhis major professor was Eric Eisenberg

» David Z. Morris introduced a screening of the 2002 Japanese film Kyouki no Sakura (The Sakura of Madness), directed by Sonoda Kenji.  He connected the film to his research on Japanese hip hop, and its strange articulation to Japanese nationalism.

» Graduate students and faculty (and a number of their furry friends) gathered at the USF Riverfront Park for the 3rd Annual Communication Picnic. Picnic participants enjoyed the lovely fall weather by exploring the scenic river, eating grilled goodies, tossing eggs, listening to music, and engaging in stimulating conversation.

Pictured above (left to right): Krystal Breshnahan, Nathan Hodges, and Aphrodite Kocieda.

Pictured above (left to right): Carolyn Ellis and Mahuya Pal

Blake Paxton attempted grilling for the first time and all enjoyed his delicious hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.

Pictured above (left to right): Matthew Rennels, Tasha Rennels, and Grill Master Extraordinaire, Blake Paxton.

The day included the first Chip Dip Competip, which featured six contestants.  Dave Purnell’s cheesy jalapeno delight won by a landslide making him the first Chip Dip Competip Champion.   

The six entrants in chip dip competip (pictured below, left to right): Kristen Blinne, Mark McCarthy, Dave Purnell, Lisa Spinazola, Tasha Rennels, and Lindy Davidson.

September 2012

» Manoucheka Celeste, a post doctoral scholar in Communication, presented “Beyoncé Knowles as a Post-Identity Re-articulation of Black Female Citizenship” as part of the Fall Colloquium Series sponsored by the Institute on Black Life and the Center for Africa and the Diaspora.  Dr. Celeste specializes in transnational media representations of race, class, gender, and citizenship with focus on the Caribbean, the United States and Latin America, particularly Haiti and Cuba.
» Daniel Makagon (PhD, 2001) delivered the 2012 Alumni Lecture, "Digital Mapping and the Sonic City," at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28th in CIS 3020.  He also met with graduate students and with Mahuya Pal’s graduate Organizational Communication course.  Makagon is an associate professor of communication at DePaul University and the author of Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and co-author of Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience (Sage, 2008). 

Curt Flood in the Media

» Abe Khan spoke on his recent book, Curt Flood in the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete on as part of USF’s Humanities Institute’s Homegrown Humanities Faculty Book Series. Khan’s talk and book examine the public discourse surrounding Curt Flood (1938-1997), the star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the sixties. By examining the mainstream press, the black press, and primary sources including Flood’s autobiography, Khan exposes the complexities of what it means to be a prominent black American athlete—in 1969 and today.

August 2012

Philosophy of Communication

» Garnet Butchart’s book Philosophy of Communication (co-edited with Briankle Chang) has been published by The MIT Press. This volume brings together foundational works that address core questions, concepts, and problems of communication in philosophical terms. From the publisher’s website: “The editors have chosen thirty-two selections from the work of Plato, Leibniz, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Lacan, Derrida, Sloterdijk, and others. They have organized these texts thematically, rather than historically, in seven sections: consciousness; intersubjective understanding; language; writing and context; difference and subjectivity; gift and exchange; and communicability and community. Taken together, these texts not only lay the foundation for establishing communication as a distinct philosophical topic but also provide an outline of what philosophy of communication might look like.” Support for this research was provided by: The Humanities Institute at USF, the Publications Council, the College of Arts and Sciences Internal Awards Program, and the Department of Communication.

» David Steinweg successfully defended his dissertation, Improvisational Music Performance: On-Stage Communication of Power Relationships on August 9th.  His committee included Fred Steier (major professor) as well as Elizabeth Bell, Stacy Holman Jones (now of Cal State Northridge), and Dan Belgrad (Chair of Humanities and Cultural Studies). The defense was chaired by Elaine Smith of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies.  Dr. Steinweg is assuming the position of visiting instructor in the Department of Communication at USF. 

July 2012

» Art Bochner received a Faculty International Travel Grant from the USF’s Research Council and Division of Sponsored Research. The award supports his travel to Poland and Germany this past summer where he presented a keynote lecture and a workshop at the conference on Autobiography, Biography, Narrative: Biographic Perspective in Researching Practice hosted by the University of Lodz, Poland and another lecture and workshop at the Institute for Qualitative Research at the Freie University in Berlin, Germany.

» The Department of Communication welcomes four new colleagues for Fall 2012: Dr. Chaim Noy, Dr. Aisha Durham, Dr. Artemio (Art) Ramirez, and Dr. Jason Zalinger.

Dr. Chaim Noy (pictured, left) will be joining us as an associate professor. He is the author of Narrative Community: Voices of Israeli Backpackers (Wayne State University Press) and coeditor of Israeli Backpackers: From Tourism to a Rite of Passage (State University of New York Press). His recent articles include an “in press” piece at Semiotica and 2011 articles in Qualitative Inquiry and Social Semiotics. He comes to us from a position as senior lecturer in the School of Communication at Sapir College (Israel), and he spent the Fall 2011 semester at University of Pennsylvania on the Ruth Meltzer Distinguished Fellowship.

Dr. Aisha Durham (pictured, right) comes to us from Texas A && M University where she has been an assistant professor with joint appointments in Communication and Africana Studies. Her forthcoming book, At Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture (Peter Lang) extends her earlier discussions of hip hop culture, media representations, and the body in her co-edited volumes, Home Girls Make Some!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology and Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method & Policy. Her most recent article appeared in the February 2012 issue of Feminist Media Studies.

The closing of the USF campus in Lakeland effective July 1 brings the Department of Communication some unexpected gifts: We are gaining two additional permanent faculty.

Jay Zalinger Jason (Jay) Zalinger (pictured, left) comes to us from his PhD program in Communication and Rhetoric at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (near Albany). He grew up in Connecticut and was an English major at the University of Connecticut. He did his MA at New York University (NYU) in Media Ecology. He studies how technology shapes people’s life stories, and his interests more generally are in storytelling, personal digital archives, and technology. He reports that he loves to write fiction, plays the guitar poorly, and is always working on his next failed novel. This coming year, he’ll be teaching Persuasion, Analyzing Media and Culture, and a selected topics class on Communication and Social Media.

art ramirezArtemio (Art) Ramirez (pictured, right) began at Lakeland in August 2011 as a tenured associate professor. Prior to coming to USF, he taught at Arizona State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He received his PhD in 2000 from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the interpersonal aspects of computer-mediated communication. He has published works on numerous topics such as social information seeking, participation in online venues, multimodal interactions, social media, media competition, and cyberbullying. He has published two dozen articles including in some of the top peer-reviewed journals in the field including the Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Dr. Ramirez is also a member of several editorial boards of communication and interdisciplinary journals. His teaching interests include the intersection between interpersonal and computer-mediated communication as well as general education offerings. In his spare time, Dr. Ramirez enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Cubs waste another season.

June 2012

» Michael LeVan was invited to present on two panels at the Economies and Ethics of Performance conference in Philadelphia. His two papers were "Inhabiting Miraculism" and "Digital Proximities."

» Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner presented keynote addresses at the “Autobiography, Biography, Narrative: Biographic Perspective in Researching Practice” conference in Lodz, Poland on June 6th, 2012.

» Navita Cummings James has been selected by NCA President Steven Beebe as one of three outstanding scholar-educators to respond to the question “What concepts and ideas unite the communication discipline?” at the opening general session at the convention in November in Orlando. The other two presenters are Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and Kory Floyd at Arizona State University.

» Art Bochner, Distinguished University Professor of Communication, has been named Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association. The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. NCA Distinguished Scholars are elected by previously named Distinguished Scholars. The award will be presented at the annual convention in November in Orlando.

» Jacob Jenkins received a grant from the The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society at Villanova University to support his continued study of community. The award letter indicated that they had many more submissions than could be funded. About Jenkins’s proposal, they wrote: "Our committee was unanimous in supporting your project, and in agreeing to fund it in its entirety.” He will be receiving $2540.00.

book cover book cover

» Abe Khan’s first book, Curt Flood in the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete, has been released by the University Press of Mississippi. It is the second book in a series titled "Race, Rhetoric, and the Media," edited by Davis W. Houck at Florida State University. As the publisher describes it, “Khan examines the ways in which the media constructed the case and Flood's persona. By examining the mainstream press, the black press, and primary sources including Flood's autobiography, Khan exposes the complexities of what it means to be a prominent black American athlete--in 1969 and today.”

» Rachel Dubrofsky's first book, The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, has been released by Rowman & Littlefield. The book is part of Rowman & Littlefield's Critical Studies in Television series, edited by Mark Andrejevic.

May 2012

» Carolyn Ellis received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry from The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry. The award is conferred annually to a member of the qualitative and ethnographic community for lifetime contributions to the methods, theory, practice, and dissemination of qualitative inquiry.

» Libby Jeter was accepted for the 2012 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar at the University of Southern California. The theme of the seminar is Communication in Context: Disciplinary Inquiry and Social Change, and she will be presenting a paper titled "Dialoguing Fair Trade: Anti–Human Trafficking Efforts and Ethical Consumerism" based on fieldwork she is doing now with anti–human trafficking non-governmental organizations in the southeastern US.

» Mariaelena Bartesaghi has been selected as an honoree in the National Communication Association’s Teachers on Teaching Series. She will be part of a panel with a small number of other honorees at the November convention to discuss the lessons she’s learned about effective classroom instruction.

» Abe Khan has been selected to receive a Humanities Institute Summer Grant to support his project “Colorblind Imaginaries: The Symbolic History of Jackie Robinson.” The part of his next book project that is being funded by the Humanities Institute will allow him to travel to Cooperstown and to New York City to research how Jackie Robinson is described at the Hall of Fame and at Citi Field. Fewer than one third of the applications were funded, so the competition was very stiff.

April 2012

The annual Communication Day celebration began with the Fifth Annual Bulls Speak Out! competition coordinated by Alisha Menzies. Six students from the 31 sections of the beginning Public Speaking course this semester emerged as the finalists and presented their persuasive speeches. The top three as determined by judges Abe Khan, David Payne, and Ken Cissna received cash prizes provided by Pearson Publishing.

Above: The six finalists - left to right: Aurora Filipski (2nd place), Alisha Menzies (coordinator), Max Dempster, Kelly Koch (1st place), Masiel Pelegrino-Sarduy (3rd place tie), Sherrin George, Sara Madiedo (3rd place tie).

Lori Roscoe inducted the Spring 2012 class of USF’s Xi Mu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official national honor society for Communication. LPE recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the Communication discipline. This year’s inductees included Sarah Barajas, Erin Victoria Brown, Richard Castello, Franklyn Charles, Christina CooperFoster, Cristin Cotton, Kelley Elizabeth Cutillo, Kathleen DeLoach, Erica Dunayer, Lindsay Ehrig, Jordan Ellen Faust, Erica Knab, Raymond Light, Lindsey Natale, Christina Neal, Anh-My Nguyen, James Ramirez, Zaida Rodriguez, Kyle Romano, Tabitha Sassor, and Michelle Sassouni. In photo below: the new LPE inductees with Lori Roscoe, faculty sponsor, back middle.

In photo below: LPE co-presidents, Courtney Warters and Sean Lockhart

Graduate and undergraduate performers excelled during the “Performance Showcase.”

Pictured below (clockwise from top left):
Doctoral student Summer Cunningham performing her original work, “On Being Alone”
Warren Buchholz as “The Hit Man”
Bryn Lenny in “Dinner Time”
Dani Grant performing “Reading the Paper”
Cristin Cotton interpreting a selection from A Monster Calls
Post Dinner Conversation, the Improvisational Lab Production Group, also performed.



François Cooren, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal delivered the 2012 endowed Grazier Lecture during the annual Communication Day celebration on April 20, 2012. His title was “Why Matter Always Matters in Organizational Communication: Animation, Incarnation, and Ventriloquism.” Dr. Cooren is the immediate past president of the International Communication Association, former editor-in-chief of Communication Theory, and previously secretary and now president of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis. His many publications include two books, The Organizing Property of Communication (2000) and Action and Agency in Dialogue: Passion, Incarnation and Ventriloquism (2010), both published by John Benjamins.

Communication Day 2012 concluded with the annual banquet/reception (aka Comm Prom) in Ybor City.


1. Dave Purnell with the Graduate Communication Association’s new Communication sign; 2. Manoucheka Celeste in the center of the crowd

Mariaelena Bartesaghi was honored by the graduate students with both the Hub Award and the Faculty Recognition Award. Other recipients of the awards given by students were Amanda Firestone (Outstanding Peer Mentor), Kristen Blinne (Outstanding Departmental Service), and Dave Purnell (Outstanding Community Engagement).


1. Mariaelena Bartesaghi receiving the Hub and Faculty Recognition Awards from Dave Purnell; 2. Megan Pugh (center) with Ambar Basu and Mahuya Pal

The newly elected officers of the Graduate Communication Association were acknowledged--the new Executive Board consists of Co-Presidents - Tasha Rennels and Alisha Menzies; Treasurer - Carolyn Day; Secretary - Megan Marie Wood; Social Chair - Blake Paxton; and Social Media Chair - Sanford Betz.


1. New GCA co-presidents Tasha Rennels and Alisha Menzies, with one of the outgoing co-presidents, Dave Purnell; 2. Dave Purnell, co-recipient of the Barney Downs Spirit Award with presenter, Jane Jorgenson

The faculty then presented their awards to the students. Student winners of the faculty awards included Sean Lockhart and Cristin Cotton (Jennifer Pickman Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award), Kari Goetz (recipient of both the Nadar Award and the James E. Popovich Award, which recognizes the outstanding master’s student), Kristen Blinne and Patrick Dillon (ICA Outstanding Teaching by a GTA Award), and Dave Purnell and Ellen Klein (Barney Downs Spirit Award), and Chris Patti (Bochner Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Student).


Art Bochner, for whom the Bochner Award was named, with recipient Chris Patti; Chris with Carolyn Ellis, who presented the award.

The evening concluded with expressions of appreciation for Ken Cissna’s service as Department Chair (2006-12) by former chairs Eric Eisenberg and Art Bochner.

» Jacob Jenkins received two Outstanding Student Paper Awards at the Southern States Communication Association convention in San Antonio, Texas--one from the Applied Communication Division, coauthored with Patrick Dillon and the other from the Intercultural Communication Division.

» The Communication Department dominated the Provost’s recognition of outstanding GTAs, with Patrick Dillon, Jacob Jenkins, Kristen Blinne, and Chris Patti (pictured, below) receiving “Provost’s Commendation for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant” Awards. The Provost also acknowledged the work of their outstanding mentors, Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Ambar Basu, Elizabeth Bell, Carolyn Ellis, Jane Jorgenson, David Payne, and Loyd Pettegrew.

» The Graduate Communication Association's 1st Annual Pedagogy Potluck was big success, featuring faculty and student attendees, as well as some presenters from sociology. Below is a photo of Kari Goetz presenting on improvizational methods of pedagogy.

» Doctoral student Carolyn Day was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Talk Award for her research presentation, “Like Water for Chocolate: Nestle and Shared Value as a Modern Day Idiom,” at the recent Research One: Fourth Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium sponsored by the USF Office of Research and Innovation. We are told that the competition was quite fierce, and that her talk was deemed exceptional by the judges.

» Writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson spoke recently to a large crowd on intergenerational communication, aging, and her recent work on raising consciousness of the changing life cycle. Professor Bateson is the author of several books including With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Composing a Life, and most recently, Composing A Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. (Knopf, 2010). She is professor emerita of anthropology and English at George Mason University and is currently a visiting scholar at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College.

The next day, she held a small seminar with faculty and graduate students and then spoke to Fred Steier’s doctoral seminar on Communication and Community. Photos below include: (top, clockwise from left): Lori Roscoe, Jane Jorgenson, Sarah McGhee, Summer Cunnigham, and Mary Catherine Bateson. (bottom, from left): Lori Roscoe, Rofessor Bateson, and Caorlina Webber.

dr. murty » Dr. Madhavi Murty (pictured, left), visiting faculty member at Yale University in the South Asian Studies Council, presented a lecture “Of Hip Hop Bling and Punjabi Bhangra: Gender and Modernity in the New Times.” The Institute on Black Life, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and the Center for India Studies joined in cosponsoring her talk with the Department of Communication. Dr. Murty received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. A journalist and editor prior to returning to academia, her research interests combine feminism, gender, cultural studies, popular culture, and nationalism. Her publications include articles in Signs, Thirdspace: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture, and Popular Communication.

» Garnet Butchart (pictured, at right, in front of Magritte's The Castle of the Pyrenees at the Jerusalem Museum) has received a Humanities Institute Summer Grant to support his project “The Documentarian’s I: Ethics and Israeli Filmmaking.” The project will involve translating from Hebrew to English over 130 interviews conducted with documentary filmmakers in Israel over the past decade by Dr. Amir Har-Gil, professor of media studies and professional Israeli filmmaker. Very little work has been done in English regarding ethics and Israeli documentary filmmaking even though documentary film in Israel is a major, state-funded cultural industry. Although professional filmmakers in Israeli generally indicate that ethics is not an immediate concern for them, paradoxically, what is to be seen as part of the filmic content of many of their documentaries (and what makes the Israeli style unique) is a consistent pattern of reflective attending to the actual work of filmmaking. Dr. Har-Gil asked Garnet to collaborate on this project after attending his invited lecture on documentary ethics, delivered July 2011 at the Jerusalem Ethics Center. Only 30% of the applications were funded, so the competition was very stiff.

Abe Khan was selected as the first alternate for the Summer Grant, so his project will be funded as well if anyone has to decline an award.

March 2012

» Leslie Tod has been named the Primary Winner of the 2012 “Excellence in Advising Award” from Southeast Region of the National Academic Advising Association. She will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon to be held at the upcoming regional NACADA conference in Miami.

» Anne Copeland received the March 2012 Quiet Quality Award, given each month by the USF Staff Senate to a USF staff member whose “dedication to co-workers and students … make the University of South Florida the ‘University of First Choice.” In photo below: Anne at center with presenter Yvonne Frank (left) and nominator Carolyn Ellis (right).

» (pictured, above) The improvisation laboratory group, "Post Dinner Conversation," under the direction of Kari Goetz, performed "Things We're Going to Hell For." Members are undergraduate and graduate Communication and other students from across campus, Nick Riggs, Murphy Barthe, Tyler Sloan, Brittini Lowery, Emily Berkes, Doris Alvarez, Ben Durrance, Hannah Prince, Warren Buchholz, Nicholas Wolf, Charles Burgess, Sarah Schmidt, and Grace Speese.

» (pictured, left) Art Bochner, Distinguished University Professor, presented his Distinguished University Professor Lecture, “Coming to Narrative: Meaning and Method in a University Life,” to a packed house on Wednesday, March 28th at the Patel Center.

» (pictured, right) Chris Patti and Carolyn Ellis in Montreal at the conference “Beyond Testimo
ny and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence” sponsored by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Carolyn presented “Collaborative Witnessing in Conversations with Holocaust Survivors” and Chris presented “‘Digging’ Beyond Life and Death: An Ethnographer Begins Listening with a Holocaust Survivor.”

» Carolyn Ellis received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry from The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry. The award is conferred annually to a member of the qualitative and ethnographic community for lifetime contributions to the methods, theory, practice, and dissemination of qualitative inquiry. It will be presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference in May 2012.

» Carly Gieseler (pictured, right) successfully defended her dissertation on March 8. Entitled, “Performing Gender in Extreme Sports Culture,” the dissertation was directed by Elizabeth Bell. David Payne, Garnet Butchart, and Kim Golombisky (WGS) served on the committee. The defense was chaired by Michelle Hughes Miller, jointly appointed associate professor in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.

» David Morris presented “No Gods, No Masters: Anarchism as Social Theory” as part of a symposium on “Anarchism and 21st Century Social Movements” on March 7th.

» Navita Cummings James presented “The Anglican Church in North America as a New Religious Movement: ‘Breakaway’ Episcopal Churches, Defiant Global South Provinces, and Issues of Gender, Human Sexuality, Scripture, and Power,” and Kristen Blinne presented “Seeking Spiritual Sustainability: A Journey with the Rainbow Family,” as part of USF’s “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on New Religions: Globalization & Sustainability.” The conference was sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies with a host of other co-sponsoring units, including the Department of Communication.

February 2012

» Chris Patti was interviewed recently by the USF Library for an article, “A Family Shares Its Stories with USF and the World,” on a Holocaust survivor he interviewed and her family. The interview was part of the Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project developed in partnership with Carolyn Ellis and several of her graduate students. “It’s not too late,” Patti said, “and every story matters, not just for the traditional reasons of preventing [genocide] in the future but it matters because this is a human being who had this experience.”

» The Department of Communication is pleased to announce that Edgardo Valentin will be joining us as an Academic Program Specialist to work with our graduate programs and students. He comes to us from USF’s Admissions Office where he has worked since 2002. He will be graduating from USF with a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in May.

» Abe Khan led a post-screening panel discussion of the film More than a Month at the African American History Museum in Clearwater. More information, including extensive quotes from Dr. Khan, can be found here.

» We wish Velencia Russell (at the center of the photo below) the best of luck in her new position in the Department of English.

» Dr. Adrienne Shaw, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University, presented “How Do You Say ‘Gamer’ in Hindi? Exploratory Research on the Indian Digital Game Industry and Culture.” Dr. Shaw received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters.

» Eight Communication majors were among the 18 Bulls who made the 2011 Big East All-Academic Football Team: Sharly Azard, Steven Jacques, Lindsey Lamar, Evan Landi, Joel Miller, Luke Sager, and Brandon Salinas. To be nominated for the award, a player had to have a cumulative grade-point index of at least a 3.0 and have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic accomplishment.

» Leslie Tod (pictured at right), Department Advisor, represented the Department at "Stampede for Success!," a university event held several times a year for prospective high school students from around the state who are interested in attending USF.

» Dr. Aisha Durham, assistant professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Texas A & M University, presented “At Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture.” Dr. Durham received her PhD from the Institute for Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. She is the coauthor of Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy (Peter Lang) and coeditor of Home Girls, Make Some Noise! Hip Hop Feminism Anthology (Parker Publishing).

» Dr. Chaim Noy, senior lecturer in the School of Communication at Sapir College (Israel), spoke on "Mediation Materialized: The Semiotics of a Visitor Book at an Israeli Commemoration Site.” Dr. Noy received his PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include Narrative Community: Voices of Israeli Backpackers (Wayne State University Press) and the co-edited volume (With Erik Cohen) Israeli Backpackers: From Tourism to a Rite of Passage (SUNY Press).

» Dr. Tim Havens, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Program in African American Studies at the University of Iowa, spoke on "Minority Culture and Media Globalization: Television Viewing as Cultural Journey." Dr. Havens’s books include Global Television Marketplace (BFI Publishing, 2006) and Understanding Media Industries (with Amanda D. Lotz—Oxford University Press, 2011) and his most recent book, Black Television Travels: Media Globalization and Contemporary Racial Discourse, is forthcoming from NYU Press.

» We’re pleased to hear that Andrew Herrmann (PhD 2008), assistant professor at East Tennessee State University, has been busy, having published articles over the last couple of months in the Journal of Loss & Trauma (“‘Losing things was nothing new’: A family’s story of foreclosure”), Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal (“Narrative as an organizing process: Identity and story in a new nonprofit”) and Qualitative Inquiry (“‘I know I’m unlovable’: Desperation, dislocation, despair, and discourse on the academic job hunt”). Congratulations, Andrew.

January 2012

» Carolyn Ellis received a Faculty International Travel Grant from the USF’s Research Council and Division of Sponsored Research. This award will allow her to travel to Poland and Germany this summer. She will be presenting a keynote lecture and a workshop at the conference on Autobiography, Biography, Narrative: Biographic Perspective in Researching Practice hosted by the University of Lodz, Poland and sponsored by their Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Educational Sciences. She also will present a lecture and conduct a workshop at the Institute for Qualitative Research, which is located within the International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology, and Economics at the Freie University in Berlin, Germany.

» Dr. Michelle Miller-Day, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University, presented a lecture on “Drug use, Depression, and Suicide…Oh My! Qualitative Inquiry as a Basis for Prevention Efforts”. Professor Miller-Day's books include Adolescent Relationships and Drug Use (Erlbaum, 2000) and Communication among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Women across Three Generations (Erlbaum, 2004).

» Dr. Robin Clair, Professor of Communication, Purdue University presented a lecture on “Organizational Narratives: The Stories and Structure of Our Lives.” Professor Clair is the author of Why Work: The Philosophy and Rhetoric of Work through the Ages, Organizing Silence: A World of Possibilities, and Expressions of Ethnography: Novel Approaches to Qualitative Methods.

» The Department of Communication is very proud of Robert Araya, Michelle Bartholome, Richard Kyle Castello, Elizabeth Cooper, Christina Cooperfoster, Cristin Cotton, Lindsay Ehrig, Alaina Imperio, Amanda Imperio, Kristen Johnson, Alyssa Lafita, Ashley Martinez, Rebekah McMurrain, Alexandria Napolitano, Katherine Ossenmacher, Lauran Raley, James Ramirez, Natalia Rivera, Zaida Rodriquez, Kyle Romano, Brandon Salinas, Tabitha Sassor, Kristina Sparacino, Jenna Taylor, Alexandra Voshol, and Courtney Warters, all of whom received recognition on the Dean’s List for College of Arts and Sciences for the Fall 2011 semester. Congratulations all!